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Monotheistic, but multi-instantiated?

Apologies if this is a duplicate (and I can't see where it wouldn't be -- not a particularly original thought) but I couldn't find a relevant discussion. I am stalled at the notion that there is but ...
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Mormonism or LDS? [duplicate]

I know that some members of the LDS church do not like to be referred to as Mormons. Is Mormon an acceptable term to use here? If not, what alternative adjective should be used? Is Mormonism an ...
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Why was the devil given power over death?

From Hebrews 2:14-15, Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death - that is, the ...
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What is the meaning of the word “ONE” in the Bible?

In the Bible it talks of Jesus being one with the Father John 10:30 but also says that we should be one with them John 17:11. In the Bible's original Greek text, is the same word used for both, or is ...
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Since Mormonism allows for humans to become gods in the afterlife, does this mean it is polytheistic? [duplicate]

It is stated that Mormons believe in an afterlife scenario that includes the ability to become a god of their own planet (only men though). Does this mean Mormonism is polytheistic? Would this be ...
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What is the current Catholic church's view on Haitian Vodou?

Haitian Vodou is the syncretic result of African spiritual systems and Catholicism, basically merging as a result of the transatlantic slave trade and travel to the new world. Many Haitians who ...
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Who is an “enemy” in the context of this video?

In the video The Mission of CBI Japan and The Gospel Coalition at approximately 1:25, there's a reference to obeying Christ's call to "love your enemies." (Related question) I'm a bit confused as to ...
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There is ONE Guardian Angel for each person?

I've asked it on Hermeneutics, but they told me to ask here. A (Roman Catholic) friend of mine told me that each person has a guardian angel. He told me it is based on Matthew 18:10. "Take heed that ...
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Does the New Testament have any mention of Kolob and if not, how come?

Kolob is a star or planet from the Book of Abraham - originally described in an ancient egyptian scroll - translated by Joseph Smith. Kolob is near the throne of God (in outer space to my ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe that their “Governing body” will rule the world after “Armageddon”?

I understand that Witnesses follow an unelected body of men called a "Governing body". However I'm unclear on whether or not they believe this governing body is in charge of the earth after their ...
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Paul Upholds and Teaches the Torah Law

What scriptural support is there to back the idea that Paul not only supported the Torah, but also promoted it? UPDATE: For those needing clarification: "support" be actively interested in and ...
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Is it a blessing to live long on the earth?

[Ephesians 6:2-3] "Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Are we supposed to desire ...
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Are Catholics more likely to accept Platonism's idea of the Forms? [closed]

No faith seems to directly accept the Forms, although I wondered if Catholics are more likely to agree with the idea of things in this World ( including thoughts) echoing a perfect and pleasurable ...
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What does the word Glory mean in the Bible? [closed]

Does it mean Might, majesty, light, happiness or power? Or all those things ( in which case, how to tell what context it's being used in?
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Is the catechism of the Catholic Church seen as official doctrine for Catholics?

Or is it seen as something that can be challenged or even, in parts, refused?
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Why is a distressing spirit said to be from God?

1 Samuel 16 reads: 14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from ...
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Are there Christian denominations that are beginning a discussion about the fact that Jesus was really the son of God?

I don't know what others christian denominations say, but it is sure that Catholic Church doesn't pose any doubt that Jesus was the son of God, nor a discussion about this believing is in its agenda. ...
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Could Jesus have extraterrestrial brothers or sisters?

According to Sacre Scriptures, Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism and so on, could Jesus have had, or could have, one or more brothers or sisters? I'm not referring to terrestrial brothers or sisters who ...
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How and when do I take God's word literally? [closed]

Every time I talk to a non-believer, they reference several things that they think make their argument stronger. When I talk about what God says for us not and not to do, they bring up things like ...
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What does “therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” mean?

In Matthew 10:16 we read, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. What does "be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves ...
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Does God like us finding something admirable/beautiful in a creature's dangerousness?

And does that particular event in Eden mean He isn't favorable towards snakes (surely not having designed them Himself!)? Is Steve Urwin (and, in faith, I) going to have a nasty shock when it turns ...
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Who tells us that the whole Bible is inspired?

I understand the inspiration concept, but I don't understand how to consider a quote if it's inspired from God [then we consider it God's Words], or if it explanations by the the apostle or prophet? ...
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Why did God kill a man for picking up sticks on the Sabbath?

Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the ...
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Can I get some help understanding the exact definition of an Idol, and Worshiping an Idol? [closed]

My definition of and Idol is hyper sensitive. Because at the moment I see it as a thing. Like this laptop for example. I have a great fear of Worshiping Idols. Like for example I am under the ...
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443 views

Which Mormon doctrines does the Bible accually teach against? [closed]

The Bible can be interpreted many different ways to formulate the theology of the many different Christian religions. I am not looking at the doctrines that are subject to the differing biblical ...
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Are there any Christian traditions that say anything about feminism?

I'm wondering if the topic of feminism is ever discussed or approached with critical, religious perspective within any Christian tradition.
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Are there any Christian sects that allow for the existence of other “God” claims?

I'm excluding the trinity concept however I may have just found my answer. It turns out Mormonism allows for the existence of other "Gods" - their afterlife claims include the belief that they become ...
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Did original Christian theology that predated the birth of Jesus teach anything similar to the doctrine of the Trinity? [closed]

Since Christianity stems from Judaism did the Jews believe that their Messiah and their God would be the same person as described in the Trinity?
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Has the gospel been “preached to all nations”?

Concerning the end of the world and when this will happen Mark 13:10 says: And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. (NIV) Has the gospel been preached to all nations?
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Might icecream be a 'sunbeam' of God or a 'signpost' pointing at God? [closed]

It is, perhaps, a bad analogy as I don't enjoy icecream...but many do and, the question is, are enjoyable things (any enjoyable thing (given as evil cannot create, so an existing thing must, at ...
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Who is being referred to in Isaiah 42:6?

Today's first reading, Isaiah 42:1-4.6-7, contains the line: "...I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand and formed you; I have appointed you as ...
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If God is power beyond this reality, is there an infinite measurement of possibilities?

Is there an infinite scale of beauty, goodness, joy and love that is God's power? Or do these have a fixed 'highest capacity' that God has/IS? Put it this way, nothing is 'wetter' than water...that ...
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If you have a strong desire, is it a given that it's ultimately from God?

I mean a desire that we might place within Plato's theory of The Forms: that is, that you experience longing 'through' an object/idea on Earth (say, a cat, film or landscape) because, in Heaven, there ...
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Can one be atheist even if you still pin your hope on Jesus? [closed]

As someone who follows a sense so sehnsucht that has brought him into faith and yet finds his efforts to prove that that desire is of God/Jesus frustrated at every turn because of very little evidence ...
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Does Luke chapter 16 verses 9 through 13 warn us that there is no middle ground between serving God and serving mammon?

Luke 16:9 through 13 KJV 9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He ...
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What does the phrase ve'lo shala mean? [closed]

Does anyone know what the above Hebrew phrase mean? I have asked everyone I know that might know some Hebrew, but to no avail? It may also be "velo shala".
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Is it allowed to do bad things for a good reason? [duplicate]

Generally speaking, doing know sins for a good reason is allowed? You suspect your brother is doing something wrong with his free time on the internet and you want to protect him, so, when he is out ...
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Can a non-christian be trusted to translate the Bible?

I've seen a number of comments and answers (here and elsewhere) regarding the [un]reliability of a specific translation. Occasionally, the angle of attack on a given translation is (kind of) ad ...
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Is pork ok to eat? [closed]

When the Lord let down from the heavens the blanket showing all the foods we could eat, pork was among them but I know that a few faiths still believe it is a sin to eat this unclean food. I don't ...
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Meaning of the parable in Luke 17:7-10

In the first verse of Luke 17:5-10, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. The beginning of Jesus's reply in 17:6 seems to be directly connected. But I am having trouble figuring out what ...
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Is “Rapture” mentioned in the Book of Revelation?

In 1st Thessalonians Paul describes the Rapture: 1Th 4:13 through 17 KJV 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as ...
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What is Christian about Christian Kabbalah?

There is a form of Jewish mysticism called “Kabbalah”. There is also a Christian form of this, called “Cabalah” or “Christian Kabbalah”. What is specifically Christian about Christian Kabbalah? How ...
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192 views

Jesus teaching about the Trinity [duplicate]

Are there any verses in the bible where Jesus is quoted teaching or supporting the trinity?
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What Biblical evidence/evidence did CS Lewis base his idea of sehnsucht/Joy on?

That is, that we sense that there is some ineffable object to our desires and that this proves that there is something beyond this World and life (for it makes the enjoyment of those goods pale in ...
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The lake of fire and the New Jerusalem as two different perspectives of God

Has there been such a doctrine in Christianity that would put forth the idea that the sphere of eternal torments prepared for those who have rejected God, the sphere that is depicted as the lake of ...
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What is the Scriptural Basis Against the Trinity [duplicate]

Trinitarianism, or the Trinity, is the belief that God exists as three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) seperate, but co-equal. This view is labelled as a heresy by some ...
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Basis for Binitarianism

We hear a lot at times in church, seminary, general discussions, etc about the godhead, so that got me to wondering: what is the Scriptural basis for the Christian doctrine of Binitarianism? UPDATE: ...
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What is the Scriptural basis for Modalism?

We hear a lot at times about the godhead, so that got me wondering: what is the Scriptural basis for the Christian doctrine of Modalism?
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How many stalls for horses and chariots did Solomon have?

In 2 Chronicles we read: ... Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen ...- 2 Chronicles 9:25 ... but in 1 Kings: Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his ...
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What did CS Lewis think didn't reflect God?

Lewis followed Plato's notion of the Forms. He believed everything on Earth reflected the all-perfect, all-joyous God. Or did he? I asked a Christian recently if he thought CS Lewis thought 'all' ...

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